Question about the nature of connections

Ceviche at Casa del LambI just posed this question on Twitter, but thought I'd try posting it here as well, in case there are different people reading each stream…

How is the nature of connection between people online different from "traditional" offline connections? How, really, do they differ?

I'm hoping to tease out some real, perceived, and possibly false differences between internet connections and traditional connections between people, for a project as part of the Technology & Society course I'm taking. I'm not meaning TCP/IP connections, or ethernet, but how people are able to connect, interact, communicate, engage, etc… online as opposed to offline.

Any thoughts?

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